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Darryl R. Wold, LLB Biography

Former Chairman of the Federal Election Commission
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Do Electronic Voting Machines Improve the Voting Process?"

“I do not have a short position to your question: ‘Does the use of electronic voting machines improve the voting process?’ That’s an interesting question; it suggests some value judgments about ‘improve;’ maybe I’ll write something on it sometime. If I do so, I might ask whether Marshall McLuhan’s aphorism ‘The medium is the message’ has any application – that is, whether voters may respond differently when voting by machine than they did to marking a paper ballot with a stylus, analogous to what some commentators say is a substantive difference in communication between the hand-written letter or note, and email.”

In a personal email to, Sep. 11, 2006

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Private practice attorney specializing in election and political law, 2002-present
  • Chairman, Federal Election Commission (FEC), 2000
  • Vice Chairman, FEC, 1999
  • Commissioner, FEC, 1998-2002
  • Admitted to practice law in California, District of Columbia, and before the U.S. Supreme Court
  • LLB, Stanford University (LLB was the highest legal degree Stanford offered at the time of his graduation)
  • BA, Claremont McKenna College
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Do Electronic Voting Machines Allow for Meaningful Audits?
  2. Does the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA) Mandate Voter Verified Paper Audit Trails?